September 28 2016
3 Reasons Why Getting a Flu Vaccine is Important
Have you got your flu shot this year around? You’d better think twice if you are planning to skip on a flu shot this season. There are solid reasons for the hype about getting a flu vaccine, and the following are just 3 of them.
It could save your life—and the people’s around you both.
Knowing that the flu season is common shouldn’t prevent you from getting a flu vaccine. The fact that you’ve never got the flu without getting vaccinated shouldn’t be your ticket out of the shot either. As common as the flu may be, it can still cause some serious complications that lead to hospitalization. Dehydration, bacterial pneumonia, ear or sinus infections, and worsening of chronic illnesses are commonly triggered by the so-called common flu.
Furthermore, you could still spread the flu even if you don’t get sick per se. You can get infected without you realizing because you experience mild or zero symptoms, and then you inadvertently spread the virus to others who have a weaker immune system. You can save these people’s lives simply by getting vaccinated.
It is available for everybody.
Children under 2 years are especially at risk of severe flu infection, so getting them vaccinated is highly recommended. In the 2016-2017 flu season, the U.S Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends either the use of the recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV) or the inactivated influence vaccine for everyone aged 6 months or older who is eligible. ACIP don't recommended the nasal flu vaccine (FluMist Quadrivalent) due to poor flu coverage last year. For pregnant women, ACIP also recommends an annual flu shot of the inactivated influenza vaccine if there are no contraindications.
For senior, there is an effective flu vaccine called Fluzone High Dose. Made specifically for adults 65 years of age and older, Fluzone contains a higher dose of antigen to provide a stronger immune response. Furthermore, those with egg allergy can also receive the flu vaccine. While some flu vaccines are made with egg proteins, FluBlok, a trivalent vaccine for people 18 years and older, doesn’t contain egg proteins.
It is affordable and convenient.
The flu vaccine has never been easier to get. All public and private health insurance plan basically cover the flue vaccine, and even if you are uninsured, you only need to spend $30 to get vaccinated. It is also easier than ever to find a flu vaccine. Most of the major drug stores offer vaccination so that you don’t even have to make an appointment with your doctor. However, it is still recommended for you who have a serious medical condition or health record, and you who have allergies, to see the doctor to receive the flu vaccine.